The plumber-saves-princess groove

Originally posted at GameSpot on February 1, 2008

Super Mario World for the GBA (or my DS, in this case) arrived in the mail the other day and I’ve been privileged to begin playing this fourth installment in the Mario series.

My wife used to watch her brother play this game all the time, so she has been playing through it as well.

It’s a fun package, and the graphics seem amazing when compared with my last Mario game (Super Mario Brothers 3), and I really like the music as well.

But to be honest, I’ve realized something – something I did not expect: I stink at the game. Oh, I’m not the worst ever, but I can tell I’ve been out of the platforming genre for a long time. So far, the game is a little more frustrating than it is fun.

I’ve also found that the timer just seems to be a little bit too short. These worlds I’m exploring appear so much bigger than SMB3, I need more time! Maybe I’m just getting used to things.

Don’t get me wrong – it’s Mario, it’s old-school, and I do enjoy it! I just need to get back in the plumber-saves-princess groove.

Post tenenbras lux

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